Fellowship-Trained Gender Surgeon in New York City
Dr. Drew Marano, MD is a highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City specializing in Gender Affirmation Surgery. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Marano is very pleased to join Dr. Jonathan Keith at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery. Dr. Marano is fellowship-trained in gender-affirming facial, chest and genital surgeries, including Phalloplasty and Vaginoplasty. He is passionate about gender-affirming care and committed to providing a comfortable and supportive environment for his patients. Dr. Marano’s expertise and dedication make him an ideal choice for those seeking Gender Surgery in the New York metropolitan area.
Dr. Marano is a classically-trained pianist and earned his bachelor’s degree in Music from Brown University. He subsequently graduated at the top of his class from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Marano completed his six-year Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at the prestigious Columbia University / Cornell University program in New York City. Following residency, he pursued further specialization in Gender Surgery, becoming the first-ever Harvard University Complex Gender and Microsurgery Fellow.
Dr. Marano has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed academic papers related to Gender Surgery. His latest research is focused on social and systemic barriers to care, scarcity of providers and formalized training and advancements of surgical techniques.
- Patients and Procedures of Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery
Various recent developments, including legislation in 2014 banning healthcare discrimination against gender minorities, have contributed to expanding insurance coverage for gender-affirming care, which includes facial gender confirmation surgery (FGCS).
- Building an Academic Transgender Medicine Center of Excellence
Transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals experience many health care barriers, including the scarcity of multidisciplinary teams formed to coordinate and deliver complex care in an efficient and affirming way. By sharing their experience in creating and developing a center of excellence, the authors hope to provide a blueprint for others to expand health care quality and access for TGD individuals.
- Androgen Therapy Worsens Scar Formation in Masculinizing Mastectomy
Dr. Marano is experienced with all types of Top Surgery, including Double Incision and Keyhole. Patient preferences and chest anatomy determine the best approach. Dr. Marano will discuss important anatomical factors to consider in choosing a method, such as skin elasticity, size of the nipple-areola complex, and chest size and shape.
Dr. Marano also offers gender-affirming genital surgery. Radial Forearm and Anterolateral Thigh are the most common donor sites for Phalloplasty, however Dr. Marano can also use the MLD, abdominal or groin donor sites to best suit a patient’s needs. With both Metoidioplasty and Phalloplasty, Dr. Marano uses rotated labial flaps for Scrotoplasty and requires Vaginectomy if urethral lengthening is also being performed. Patients can choose between saline- or silicone-filled testicular implants, and semi-rigid/malleable or inflatable penile implants.
For those on the trans feminine spectrum seeking genital reconstruction, Dr. Marano offers testicle removal (Orchiectomy), creation of a vulva without a vaginal canal (Vulvoplasty), and creation of a vagina (Penile Inversion or Peritoneal Vaginoplasty methods). Hair removal is required for Vaginoplasty and Dr. Marano’s practice has a certified laser technician in-house.
Dr. Marano is also skilled at procedures that soften facial features, from the upper third to the lower third of the face and neck:
- Hair Grafting
- Hairline Correction
- Forehead Contouring
- Brow Lift
- Cheek Augmentation
- Lip Lift
- Jaw Reduction/Contouring
- Chin Surgery
- Tracheal Shave (Thyroid Cartilage Reduction)
To round out his offerings, Dr. Marano also performs Breast Augmentation, using silicone or saline breast implants, Body Sculpting and Voice Feminization surgery.
Dr. Marano operates in both New York City and the greater Newark area. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and Clara Maass Medical Center in New Jersey. Surgeries are performed at Lenox Hill Plastic Surgery Center in NYC, as well as Short Hills Surgery Center and North Fullerton Surgery Center in New Jersey.
Dr. Marano is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and follows WPATH guidelines for surgery:
- You will need to provide two referrals from qualified mental health professionals for genital procedures; one referral for other procedures unless otherwise specified by insurance.
- A letter from your hormone specialist stating you have been on 12 months of continuous hormones for genital procedures, unless clinically contraindicated.
- Dr. Marano will operate on minors with parental consent (genital procedures excluded.)
Financing & Insurance
Dr. Marano accepts insurance from a wide number of insurance companies, as well as Medicaid (NJ, NY, out-of-state) and Medicare. He also accepts cash and credit/debit cards.
Booking a Consultation
Dr. Marano is available for virtual and in-person consultations. Current wait times are one month for a consultation and 2-3 months for a surgery date following consultation. Contact his office to book your consultation.